A HIGH-SPIRITED, FEEL-GOOD TRIBUTE TO THE TIMELESS MUSIC OF THOMAS “FATS” WALLER AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
Winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Ain't Misbehavin' - The Fats Waller Musical Revue
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $40, $48 $55, $100
Irvine Barclay Theatre - 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA
www.thebarclay.org | 949.854.4646
Taking its title from the 1929 Fats Waller song, Ain’t Misbehavin' is a high-spirited, feel-good tribute to the Harlem Renaissance.
Go on an exhilarating musical journey back in time as five dynamic performers present an evening of sassy and humorous songs, capturing the electric vibe of the 20s and 30s, where the surroundings are posh and the hip nightclub dives are filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing.
Infused with infectious rhythm and energy, Ain’t Misbehavin' is “a boozy, after hours party, and we’re all invited.” —Huffington Post
This three-time Tony Award-winning musical revue stars Dawn Marie Driver, Ron Lucas, Tony Perry, Melvinna Rose and Anita Welch.
Some of Waller’s more famous songs are included in this revue: “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” “Black and Blue,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.”
Part of Broadway Cabaret series @theBarclay
Join the party and support Working Wardrobes
The Barclay will donate $10 of every ticket sold for the Sunday evening performance on Feb 9 at 7pm to the wonderful folks at Working Wardrobes. See a great show and support a great cause!
Looking Good But Feeling Bad
Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do
Handful of Keys
Feeling I’m Falling
How Ya Baby
Ladies Who Sing With The Band
Yacht Club Swing
Nylons Bloom Again
Cash For Your Trash
The Joint is Jumpin’
Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
Lounging at the Waldorf
Mean To Me
Your Feets Too Big
That Ain’t Right
Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now
Find Out What They Like
Fat and Greasy
Black and Blue
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter
Two Sleepy People
I’ve Got My Fingers Crossed
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dawn Marie Driver has earned the designation of being "a soprano section all by herself." Under the tutelage of Bishop Nathaniel Townsley, Jr., Dawn became a professional singer and performer traveling extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Along with Bishop Townsley, she has collaborated with gospel great Edwin Hawkins; director Dwight R.B. Cook; Broadway and film choreographer Louis Johnson; the legendary Woodie King; and Broadway, movie and television performers Carol Woods, Ben Vereen and Ruby Dee, to name a few. She is the executive producer and co-writer of three on-stage musicals. Dawn’s signature shows are Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Smokey Joe’s Café.
Tony Perry: New York: Caroline or Change, Bastard Jones, Raisin, Allegro, 74 Georgia Ave., Shelter in Our Car, Martin: A New Beginning, Repo: The Genetic Opera, The Groove Factory, The Bonus Army. Regional: Memphis, Ain’t Nothing but the Blues, Parade, Cross That River, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, Dreamgirls, Big River, Me and My Girl, Smokey Joes Café, The Rocky Horror Show, A Grand Night for Singing. Film: Mickey, Finding Oz: A Journey Home. He has traveled throughout North America in a concert of Yiddish and African-American music called Soul to Soul, and has three CDs available at www.tonyperry.com and iTunes.
Anita Welch is pleased to be joining this phenomenal cast! Film and television credits include Stuck; CBS's In the Spotlight; Fox's Black Nativity; Funny or Die; and Nobirthatal, a Birth Control Parody. She has also been featured in media campaigns with Clinique cosmetics. Select theater credits include Little Rock, which was a 2018 New York Times Critic’s Pick and AUDELCO nominated show. For the Last Time (as Hilda), for which Anita was nominated for a 2015 AUDELCO Award; The Color Purple (as Shug Avery), regional premiere at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; and the national/international tour of Avenue Q (as Gary Coleman). New York theater credits include: Bubble Boy (original cast and recording) and Stuck (as Eve). Regional credits include: Cincinnati King (the world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse), A Raisin in the Sun (as Beneatha), Tarzan (as Kala), Dreamgirls (as Effie), Passing Strange (as Edwina, Marianna, Sudabey) and Ain’t Misbehavin' (as Charlaine). Count it all joy!
Ron Lucas performed the role of John in Miss Saigon in Stuttgart, Germany. He recently toured in his one-man show, The Nat King Cole Songbook, and the new musical version of Bingo Long and the Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings. Lucas’ regional credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jesus Christ Superstar, Smokey Joe’s Café, Five Guys Named Moe, Sophisticated Ladies, Hair, Godspell and Mr. B. Changed the Key (Billy Eckstein). Lucas’ television credits include Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Oz and Spin City. Ron writes songs and jingles and narrates and sings educational tapes for school children.
Melvinna Rose (Melrose) is fresh off the Norwegian Escape cruise ship, where she performed Broadway's After Midnight. She currently sings with the First Presbyterian Church of Newark and Trilogy: An Opera Company. Melvinna dedicates performing to her late father, Melvin Johnson.
A. Curtis Farrow (Producer/Director) has just returned from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was awarded the Global Marketplace Award acknowledging his outstanding leadership and global impact. Locally, Mr. Farrow has received many honors for his business experience, including a commendation from former Newark Mayor Cory Booker in 2011, and former Mayor Sharpe James in 2005, who proclaimed June 17, 2005 as A. Curtis Farrow Day. In 2009, he was named Man of the Year by the Christian Times. He has received a commendation from the Manhattan borough president and the Public Advocate Award for New York City.
A choir director since the age of nine, he has served as minister of music for Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Niles, Michigan, the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, and for The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Farrow was named one of the top 20 influences in gospel music.
He is internationally known as the producer of the McDonald’s Gospelfest, which he has directed and produced for the past 20 years. Under his direction, McDonald’s Gospelfest has become the preeminent gospel event in the nation, garnering him two Emmy Awards and ten nominations. Farrow was responsible for the organization, planning and execution of the home-going services for the late Whitney Houston. Most recently, he produced the home-going services for the late Aretha Franklin. As a choir empresario in 2014, Farrow broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gospel choir by organizing and leading 1175 voices. He followed this feat on an even grander scale, amassing a 2000-voice choir at Madison Square Garden in 2017 and a 5000-voice choir at the Nassau Coliseum in 2018.
Farrow’s directing and producing credits include national tours of Ain't Misbehavin', Smokey Joe’s Café, Sophisticated Ladies, Five Guys Named Moe, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Godspell and Forever Plaid. His productions are met with rave reviews, and he is credited with bringing the best of African American Broadway talent to regional theatres, universities and nightclubs.
Darius Frowner (Musical Director) is an award-winning musical director and pianist in New York City. He has worked on national tours and regional versions of many Broadway shows, including Chicago, A Chorus Line and Once on This Island. Frowner has performed at benefits with Joan Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg. He is the musical supervisor for many of Irving Street Rep`s shows, including Ain`t Misbehavin`, Five Guys Named Moe and Smokey Joe`s Café. Frowner has played for Your Arms Too Short to Box with God featuring Cissy Houston and works with children at a performing arts school in Morristown, New Jersey. He is the host and pianist for a legendary open mic night at The Duplex Cabaret in New York City.
Irving Street Rep. was founded in 1995 by veteran director/choreographer A. Curtis Farrow and is dedicated to producing the finest in theatrical and musical entertainment. Its first production, Ain’t Misbehavin’, was met with raves. This encouraged the group to tackle even more ambitious projects. Their next endeavor was a full-scale revival of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, which included a cast of 20 and a 30-member gospel choir. It set Milwaukee on fire and proceeded to tour the Midwest. Since then, Irving Street Rep. has produced tours of Sophisticated Ladies, Godspell, The Elegance of Ellington, The Nat King Cole Songbook, Five Guys Named Moe and the original works Rhythm, Gospitality, Ruth and Memories of Mahalia. In 2000, Irving Street Rep. reprised their production of Your Arms Too Short to Box with God featuring Cissy Houston and Melba Moore and co-produced the Paul Robeson Gala, featuring Whitney Houston, Lynn Whitfield, James Earl Jones and Ossie Davis. Irving Street Rep. is also responsible for the annual production of the McDonald’s Gospelfest, the tri-state area’s premier gospel event.
Irvine Barclay Theatre 2019-2020 Season sponsor: UCI Health
About Irvine Barclay Theatre
Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit www.thebarclay.org to learn about our exciting new season!